There are also 16 new cases in Interlake-Eastern, nine in Southern Health, three in Prairie Mountain Health and one in the Northern Health Region.
Manitoba also set a new record for its highest test positivity rate on Tuesday, with the province reporting a rate of 3.5%. The test positivity rate is a moving average of the proportion of COVID-19 tests that come back positive, and Roussin said it was a critical measure in the spread of the virus.
In Winnipeg, the test positivity rate is 4.4%, Roussin said.
The new cases on Tuesday include some that were identified over the long weekend – including 15 on Saturday and 83 on Sunday – but which were not previously announced due to a backlog, Roussin said. Once a test comes back positive, public health follows a defined process before announcing the case.
Additional staff have been recruited and people have been working overtime to pass all of the positive tests this weekend, he said. The backlog is now eliminated.
Some contact tracing investigations in Winnipeg have been “very complex,” Roussin said, as public health staff uncover cases where people with COVID-19 have been to “multiple places,” even though they are. symptomatic.
“We simply cannot succeed in this pandemic if people are on the move when they are symptomatic,” he said.
He urged Manitobans to follow public health recommendations and stay home when they are sick.
“Every Manitoban, now, today, can minimize their own risk of acquiring COVID, and we all know exactly what to do.
Headingley Prison Outbreak
The new cases come after a record week for COVID-19 in the province, as Manitoba has matched or broken records for daily number of cases, daily death announcements and the deadliest outbreak in homes in personal care.
Manitoba broke its record for the most new COVID-19 cases announced in a single day on Friday, with 84 new cases – only to beat it again on Saturday, with a new record of 97 new cases. On both days, the vast majority of new cases were in Winnipeg.
Twice last week, the province tied its reported single-day COVID-19 death record. Three deaths were announced on Wednesday, followed by three more on Friday. Four of the victims were linked to personal care homes in Winnipeg, including three linked to a single outbreak at Parkview Place nursing home.
The province has declared an outbreak of COVID-19 at Headingley Correctional Center, one of three provincial prisons where staff have tested positive.
The site just outside of Winnipeg has been moved to critical level, or red, in the province’s pandemic response system.
Other possible exhibits were identified at four Winnipeg schools:
- Winnipeg Adult Education Center, 310 Vaughan Street, October 5.
- Daniel McIntyre Collegiate, 720 Alverstone St., September 29, 30 and October 1.
- Dakota Collegiate, 661 Dakota St. The exposure comes from two cases, one on October 6 and one on October 5, 6 and 7. The cases are not meant to be related.
- Dufferin School, 545 Alexander Avenue, September 30 and October 2.
Tests by appointment
Manitoba currently has 1,248 active cases of COVID-19. There are 28 people in the hospital, including five in intensive care, Roussin said on Tuesday.
A new drive-thru test site at 1066 Nairn Avenue in Winnipeg opened on Tuesday, Roussin said. The province is also working to implement a new appointment-based testing system that will allow Manitobans to call or go online to schedule a time to get rubbed.
The new system is expected to be rolled out in the coming weeks, Roussin said. The province is also working with Doctors Manitoba to allow family physicians to test for COVID-19 after normal working hours.
The outbreak in Parkview has become the deadliest in Manitoba in a personal care home. On Monday, management company Revera announced that a total of 57 residents and 17 staff have tested positive for the disease.
Seven people linked to the epidemic have died, including a woman in her hundred whose death was announced on Monday.
Manitoba announced four deaths from COVID-19 over the long weekend. All four were Winnipeggers, including the youngest person in the province to die of the disease – a man in his 40s – and three women, in their 80s and 90s and the woman in their 100s.
On Tuesday, Roussin said the man in his 40s had no underlying health issues.
The province confirmed on Sunday that staff at three provincial prisons had tested positive for COVID-19. Possible exposures have been identified at the Winnipeg Remand Center and Milner Ridge in addition to Headingley.
The increase in the number of cases among Manitoba First Nations also prompted the Red Cross to be called for the first time. The Red Cross has sent teams to York Factory First Nation and Little Grand Rapids to help with COVID-19 testing and training on PPE and prevention of transmission.
Just under half of all known active cases among Canadian First Nations were in Manitoba on Sunday, with a total of 60 known active cases. More than 30 people have tested positive in Little Grand Rapids, said Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Arlen Dumas.